European and Asian companies are beating their American rivals into Iraq now that security has improved the investment climate, Iraq and U.S. officials say.
“It’s starting to turn … and the people who are getting in on the ground floor are not American,” said Paul Brinkley, the Pentagon official who is leading U.S. efforts to help Iraq rebuild its economy. “It’s ironic.”
Foreign companies, including U.S. investors, have committed to deals worth about $500 million so far this year and Brinkley expects at least $1 billion in foreign investment by the end of the year.
So far, Romanian consortium and a Lebanese company have signed revenue-sharing deals with Iraqi state-owned cement factories. Each group will invest about $150 million.
China has also aggressively pursued the Iraqi market, selling machinery to the government and electronic products to consumers.
Gee, does this mean someone was full of more shit than a Christmas fruitcake in declaring the “war lost” over a year ago?
Does it mean Rep.
Pelosi Rep. Felosi was not just incorrect but a blithering idiot when she said the war was “failure” as little as 4 months ago?
Why yes, yes it does!
And what of all those Benchmarks the democraps were all in a tizzy about?